Jeffrey and Jennifer Pegler Fund to benefit students and teachers

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Pegler, Indian River School Board Member, has donated a portion of his school board salary to support the operation of the Foundation’s educational programs. Pegler made the decision with the support of his wife, Jennifer, to make the leadership gift in the name of the Jeffrey and Jennifer Pegler Fund.  The funds will be used to support the Sneaker Exchange Program in honor of the Block Family, to provide professional development scholarships to teachers in honor of Dr. Harry Hurst, and to support the overall operation of the EF-IRC.

Pegler had made this commitment during his campaign for the District 5 position on the school board.  The couple recently shared why they selected the EF-IRC.

“We recognize the Education Foundation’s incredible contributions to our community, and we felt that the organization would ensure that our contribution directly benefitted the students, teachers and families of Indian River County.  We also understand how vitally important private donations are to the success of our students.”

John Campione, EF-IRC President, commented, “We are honored to be the recipient of such a wonderful and generous gift to the Education Foundation.  We hope that the Pegler’s gift will be the impetus of future gifts from other philanthropic and visionary members of the community.”

Indian River County public school teachers may apply for the Dr. Harry Hurst Professional Development Scholarships, by completing a mini-grant application that is available on the EF-IRC website.  Dr. Hurst will review the requests with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Pegler.  Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.

The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) is one of 10 education foundations in the State of Florida that operates separate from the local school district and is funded almost entirely with private donations.

The EF-IRC exists to support funding gaps in the public school system in Indian River County.  The mission of the EF-IRC is to fund projects that provide educational opportunities that might not otherwise be funded with federal or state dollars.

It is in this manner that the EF-IRC sustains a role much like a local community foundation; working to link and engage business and community leaders in the process of investing in local education.  Each year more than one million dollars are infused in the form of program services and science fair scholarships.

To learn more about the Foundation visit, email:, or call: (772) 564-0034.

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